Equestrian Returns to Action With Sixth-Place Finish at Cazenovia

CAZENOVIA, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo senior Jenelle Wallace and junior Jillian VanBrunt claimed winning finishes, each in their first competition at Novice Flats, helping the Knights' equestrian team to a sixth-place finish at the Cazenovia Show Saturday. Geneseo had two more riders qualify for post-season regional competition with senior Emily Lindsay and junior Elizabeth Hasho pointing out of their respective classes.

Several riders made either show debuts or rides at higher levels in addition to Wallace and VanBrunt. First-years Megan Pierpoint, Sydney Hollasch, Dominique Brown and Allie Massey made their first appearances in competition, with Pierpoint (point rider in Advanced Walk Trot Canter) and Hollasch (Novice Flat) taking second-place finishes. Senior Emma Witherwax took a fourth in her first showing at Intermediate Flat, while junior Amy Kelley added a fourth in her initial ride at Intermediate Fences.

Lindsay and senior Jordan Powers also had second-place rides. Lindsay's finish in Novice Flat pointed her out and qualified her for regionals, in which she had previously qualified in Novice Fences. Hasho took a third in Advanced Walk Trot Canter and will also compete at the regional championship. She is the 11th Geneseo rider to qualify this season.

Witherwax, VanBrunt and Wallace had all pointed out in previous shows at Cazenovia, VanBrunt at the Nov. 8 competition and Witherwax and Wallace after the Nov. 22 show. Wallace took a first in Advanced Walk Trot Canter at that competition, with today's finish giving her two consecutive winning rides. For VanBrunt, it was her first win of the season.

Geneseo will return to action tomorrow with the season-ending show at St. Lawrence. The Knights are in close competition with Oswego for third place in the region, behind St. Lawrence and Cazenovia, who are tied for the top spot. The Knights have finished third in the region the last two seasons, and four of the last five years.


Team Result: 6th (28 points) of 9 teams

Individual Results (* Point Riders):

Dominique Brown: 4th in Walk Trot*

Rebecca Caracciolo: 5th in Open Fences*, 5th in Open Flat

Samantha Childs: 4th in Novice Fences

Elizabeth Hasho: 3rd in Advanced Walk Trot Canter

Sydney Hollasch: 2nd in Novice Flat

Cassandra Ingalls: 4th in Novice Fences*, 6th in Open Flat

Amy Kelley: 4th in Intermediate Fences

Emily Lindsay: 4th in Intermediate Fences*, 2nd in Novice Flat

Alexandra Massey: 6th in Novice Fences

Katie Nickels: 4th in Open Fences, 6th in Open Flat*

Megan Pierpoint: 2nd in Advanced Walk Trot Canter*

Jordan Powers: 4th in Novice Fences, 2nd in Intermediate Flat*

Jillian VanBrunt: 1st in Novice Flat*

Jenelle Wallace: 1st in Novice Flat

Emma Witherwax: 4th in Intermediate Flat